Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash has now publicly refuted recent claims that he may retire from the NBA due to his inability to get himself healthy. He has stated that he has 18 months of basketball left in him, and it looks like he will be milking that Lakers contract for as long as he possibly can. The Lakers owe him an absurd $19 million on his current contract, and he is eating into the salary cap space the Lakers are creating for the star-studded 2014 free agency.
Nash has largely been a disappointment since signing with the Lakers last season, in which he played only 50 games due to injury woes. He also averaged a poor 12.7 points and 6.7 assists on 32 minutes a night. It seems the nearly 40-year-old point guard just doesn’t seem to know when enough is enough. He’s been out for two weeks on his current sidelining due to injury, and at this point, it’s completely unknown if and when he will return to the court. It remains a possibility that he may return to practice next week, but with the nerve damage he suffers in his back, if he suffers too much pain, he will immediately be sidelined once again. The next time Nash is sidelined, he will return to Canada to get treatment, and will be considered out with an extremely murky timetable to return.
The one thing the the two time NBA MVP is missing from his trophy case is an NBA Finals Victory, and the Lakers are quite the long shot to make the Finals this year. It may just be time for Nash to step away and let the Lakers move on without him.
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